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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

2,017 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,199
Gots: 168 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

marine1975, Jun 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Rempo, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you really like malt forward, bitter IPAs, as opposed to fruity, tropical IPAs, then you'll like it.

It isn't clean. It's dirty and earthy and bitter. The hops are harsh. The beer lashes at your tongue.

And I love it.

This is not Heady Topper. It is not fun. It is beautiful in its own way. Darker than your average IPA, with a light head. Perfect IPA mouthful. So much onion flavor. Green onion and yellow onion.

And delicious.

tkdchampxi, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a kinda flat looking clear copper with a nice white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is a musky pine with some earth behind it.
Taste is a hop lover's dream. Tons of pine and fresh cut grass. There's just a hint of carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that matches the smell. There's malt here somewhere but the hops just smack it down. Very dry finish and a sticky mouthfeel.
Great on drinkability! Moderate ABV makes this a good one to drink with some nice sharp cheese.

kirok1999, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark but vibrant orange, clear, with a finger of white head consisting of large open bubbles. Head recedes to a layer of big bubbles covering the surface of the beer with some decent lacing. Some light carbonation visible, a bubble here and there.

Nose has some sweet orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a bit of light fresh pine mixed in. Caramel and light grains round out the aroma. Would have like a little more strength to it though.

Taking a sip, fresh grapefruit right away, peel and pith providing some additional bitterness, some light orange and tropical fruit flavors follow, pineapple and mango. Really light malt backbone on the flavor, barest minimum caramel malt near the back of the tongue trying to offset the citrus peel and pith that really dominates the flavor. Finishes dry with lingering citrus.

Medium body, oily and slick on the tongue with a little bit of small bubble carbonation that pricks briefly on the tongue. Decently smooth delivery of hop flavor on the tongue. A very good DIPA, though the aroma was a little lacking for this bottle.

nataku00, Nov 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

OnryAndMean, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

EB1, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

patm1986, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

weonfire, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

SuperHop18, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

BeastLU, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

blabaer, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

wiltznucs, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

gpawned, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with an off white head. The head is fluffy. It fades quickle leaving a lot of laces. This beer smells very hoppy. It smells piney. It has a slight citrus aroma also. I cant detect much malt aroma. The alcohol is hard to detect also, but it is there if you look. This beer tastes hoppy. Very hoppy. It has a piney, earthy taste to it. It has a slightly citrusy taste also. I can not detect much in the way of malt flavor. This beer is mainly just bitter. It is very refreshing. It is a full bodied, aggressive beer, but I think that it is very enjoyable. It leaves a piney aftertaste. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer might not be the best session beer if you are not fond of the style. The aggressive flavor might wear a little thin on some drinkers. This beer is a very good Double IPA. It is well worth any effort you might have to take to get it.

OStrungT, Oct 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

rjp217, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

lonewolfcry, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

csustar001, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Bwagner1122, Nov 26, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.